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The Seasons of Life by stratosmacca The Seasons of Life by stratosmacca
My grandmother has taken up writing over the past couple of years, and has written several short stories. One of these, "The Seasons of Life" is partially based on her life growing up in Virginia. It's a wonderfully written piece, and she asked if I would create an illustration to go along with it.

After reading it, this picture immediately sprung up in my mind. It is based off of this scene:

We watch the buggy until it is out of sight. Grandpa is taking Mama to the train station. My little brother holds my hand. He suddenly lets go and runs into the house. I hear Grandma consoling him.

It is the summer of 1935 in southern Virginia. I am ten and my brother is four. It is a gray, foreboding day. The sky has turned an eerie gray-green. Soon it begins to pour.

I run into the house and up the stairs to my room. Our father recently passed away. Our mother is going to a city three hundred miles away to work. Our grandparents will care for us, and we won’t see our mother again for four years. This old farmhouse will be our home for the next six years.

The raindrops collect on the window panes. I think of them as the tears I cannot shed. I finally fall asleep.

She is currently shopping this story around to several publishers, and I really hope they give her a shot-- her stuff is fantastic. And I'm not just saying that because I'm biased-- my grandmother rocks hardcore! :)

This piece was done in Painter X and Photoshop CS2.
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flagitious Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
The tree is amazing! The piece is really beautiful overall, I hope your grandma's stories get published!
stratosmacca Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I hope so too. Fingers crossed! :)
rhannah Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
I love it too, Leanne. It has a classic children's illustrated style to it that I'd love to see more of from you because this turned out so great. It's a powerful little picture! :-)
Marker-Mistress Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, just wow. This is far different than what I'm used to seeing from you, and I really like it. You really get the feel for the bleekness from the story (and the two holding eachothers hand brings a tear to my eye).
Go Leanne's grandma! :highfive:
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